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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

July 23, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bobby Rush

U.S. House of Representatives

2268 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Rush:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's

("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration, and your letter will be

entered into the record for this proceeding.

As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast

Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity

for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently

require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for

noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.

As you note, BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement.

On May 15, 2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's

waiver request. The comment periods have closed, and the Media Bureau has started its review

of the record.

I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.

Sincerely,/!~~

êeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

July 23, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Corrine Brown

U.S. House of Representatives

2111 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Brown:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's

("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration, and your letter will be

entered into the record for this proceeding.

As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast

Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity

for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently

require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for

noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.

As younote, BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement.

On May 15, 2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's

waiver request. The comment periods have closed and the Media Bureau has started its review

of the record.

I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.

SincerelÃ~/--

--&eeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

July 23, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Gwen Moore

U.S. House of Representatives

2245 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Moore:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's

("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration, and your letter will be

entered into the record for this proceeding.

As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast

Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity

for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently

require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for

noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.·

As you note, BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement.

On May 15, 2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's

waiver request. The comment periods have closed and the Media Bureau has started its review

of the record.

Sincerelyl;t/-

I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.

êeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

July 23, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Frederica Wilson

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

208 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Wilson:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's

("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration, and your letter will be

entered into the record for this proceeding.

As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast

Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity

for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently

require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for

noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.·

As you note, BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement.

On May 15, 2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's

waiver request. The comment periods have closed and the Media Bureau has started its review

of the record.

I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.

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